Thursday, July 29, 2010
The preferred alternative locations are:
- Operations - Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.
- Training - Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“This is not a final basing decision,” saidKathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations. “The preferred alternatives with other reasonable alternatives will continue to be evaluated in the environmental impact analysis process.”
A preferred alternative is an alternative which the Air Force believes best fulfills its mission and responsibilities, taking into consideration environmental, operational, technical and other factors. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley previously announced five operations candidate bases Oct. 29, 2009. They included Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Shaw Air Force Base /McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C.; Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.; and Jacksonville Air Guard Station, Fla.
The secretary announced training base candidates Oct. 29, 2009. They included Boise AGS, Idaho; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.; and Tucson Air Guard Station, Ariz.
The current scope of this basing action includes 250 to 300 F-35 aircraft.
The JSF is the next generation strike fighter bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battle space of the future. In the Air Force, the F-35 will primarily service an air-to-ground role, replace aging the F-16 and A-10 aircraft while complementing the F-22. The Navy and Marine Corps plan on using the F-35, along with international partners.
For more information contact the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs office at 703-695-0640.
CORRECTION: July 29, 2010 - Beale Air Force Base, Calif., was incorrectly listed and removed.
The affected bases are:
Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.: Deactivate one squadron of F-22s and disperse that squadron’s aircraft to other F-22 units. Relocate the remaining squadron to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
Langley Air Force Base, Va. - receive six additional aircraft
Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. - receive two additional aircraft
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. - receive one additional squadron
“This plan maximizes combat aircraft and squadrons available for contingencies,” said Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations. “By consolidating aircraft at existing bases, F-22 operational flexibility is enhanced.”
Teams surveyed four F-22 bases, evaluating them for feasibility, timing, cost, and planning purposes to accept additional F-22 aircraft. The secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force carefully considered the site survey results and military judgment factors in making these basing determinations. These actions will be finalized subject to completion of appropriate environmental analysis.
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley previously approved six candidate bases. They included Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Key Field Air National Guard Base, Miss.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; and Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
“Beale Air Force Base is the preferred alternative for basing the MC-12W aircraft given its access to training opportunities, synergy with existing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance flying missions, and collocation with the distributed ground station mission” said Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations.
A preferred alternative is an alternative which the Air Force believes best fulfills its mission and responsibilities, taking into consideration environmental, operational, technical and other factors. This is not a final basing decision. The preferred alternative with other reasonable alternatives will continue to be evaluated in the environmental impact analysis process.
The MC-12W is a medium- to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft. Its primary mission is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support directly to ground forces.
The MC-12W capability supports all aspects of the world-wide Air Force irregular warfare mission including counter insurgency, foreign internal defense, and building partnership capacity. For more information contact the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office at 703-695-0640.
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - July 29, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued July 29, 2010 are undermentioned;
BAE signed a £500million deal to supply 40 Hawks to the country’s air force and 17 to its navy and Rolls-Royce unveiled a £200million contract to build Adour engines for the aircraft, which India will use to train pilots to fly supersonic fighter jets.
BAE announced the deal as Prime Minister David Cameron toured a Hindustan Aeronautics plant in Bangalore during a trade trip to India, one of the world’s biggest defence markets.
The Government is also planning to grant licences to civil nuclear firms to export to India, which could open up business prospects potentially worth billions of pounds for nuclear contractors such as Rolls-Royce and specialist services group Serco.
Cameron said: “This agreement will bring significant economic benefits to both our countries.”
India had ordered 66 Hawk jets from BAE in 2004 and yesterday’s follow-up deal was the first among a series of bilateral trade agreements to be signed during Cameron’s visit. The contract will support about 200 UK jobs.
Indian firm Hindustan Aeronautics will assemble the Hawks under licence in Bangalore using specialist engineering services, raw materials and equipment from BAE.
Hindustan Aeronautics and Rolls-Royce, whose engineering co-operation relationship dates back to 1956, will co-produce the Adour engines. BAE also sells the Hawks to Australia, Canada, South Africa and the Royal Air Force.
BAE chairman Dick Olver said the Hawk deal reflected the importance of government support for the defence industry.
Rolls-Royce defence president Dan Korte said: “This new agreement for the Adour engine further extends our long-standing relationship with the Indian armed forces.”
Iran's armed forces in past have launched series of large-scale exercises in the country's territorial waters. The expanded naval drills, codenamed Velayat 89 had lasted for eight days and cover some 250,000 square kilometers of Iranian territorial waters.
During the fourth day of the drill, hovercrafts strafed mock enemy targets while vessels, destroyers, and frigates blocked their advance towards Iran's territorial waters, a TV correspondent reported it live. In another operation, speed boats, backed by Air Force fighters, stopped and captured an invading vessel.
Tactical operations included electronic countermeasures (ECM) as well as disabling enemy radars and communication systems.
The third stage of the drill was with reconnaissance and drone aircrafts conducting interception operations, and was also reported successful.
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has said the exercise is to display Iran's "defensive and deterrent power," and send a message of "peace and friendship" to regional states. In another exercises, the Iran's Revolutionary Guards conducted a wide-ranging naval exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, codenamed Great Prophet 5.
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), said April's three-day drills were designed to "ensure security in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of Oman."
Iranian military officials have repeatedly warned that if Tehran is attacked, it will retaliate by blocking the Strait of Hormuz. Nearly 40% of the world's seaborne oil shipments pass through the strategically important waterway between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Meanwhile Iran's Air Force will stage massive week-long drills to start Saturday, a national news agency quoted a senior commander said yesterday.
Air Force Lieutenant Commander for Operations Mohammad Alavi told FNA that the exercises, code named Fada'eyan-e Harreem-e Vellayat (Devotees to the Sanctity of Religious Leadership), will be held July 31 through August 7.
He said 43 warplanes, including ( F-4, F-5, F-7) and Sukhoi Su-24 fighters, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will take part in the exercises. He said a variety of air-to-surface missiles and other weapons would be test-fired during the drills.
Mr Alavi also stressed that the drills "are aimed at demonstrating the power of the Iranian Air Force and boosting the combat power of different Air Force units."
Abbas has so far accepted holding only indirect talks with Israel, which has rejected his conditions for face-to-face negotiations.
Thursday's meeting is expected to back Abbas's condition that Israel guarantee a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 war borders between the Jewish state and east Jerusalem and the West Bank.
"The issue is not US pressure, the issue is what is in the Palestinians' interests," Arab League official Hisham Yussef, who heads Secretary General Amr Mussa's office, told AFP.
"Their interest from their perspective is clear -- they want to see progress in the proximity talks and we support them."
Abbas also wants an end to settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel acceded to US pressure to limit settlement building in the West Bank until September, when a moratorium ends.
The Palestinian leader repeated his conditions on the eve of the meeting in an interview with Egyptian newspaper editors, the official Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Thursday.
Abbas said he would tell the meeting that if there was "no serious vision relating to the 1967 borders and an end to settlements then I cannot enter direct negotiations.
"When I receive the demanded guarantees which are the acceptance of the 1967 borders and an end to settlements... I will immediately enter negotiations," MENA quoted Abbas as saying.
He said he was facing "pressures I have never faced before in my life from the American administration and the European Union and the secretary general of the United Nations," and added he would step down if he saw "matters are not going well."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is willing to meet Abbas to discuss all the core issues of the decades-old conflict, and has accused the Palestinians of avoiding engaging in direct talks.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told an Arab newspaper this week that US President Barack Obama told the Palestinians in a letter that he will help found a Palestinian state only if they begin direct talks with Israel.
Abbas suspended direct negotiations with Israel after its offensive on the Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in December 2008 in response to rocket fire.
He has demanded that the talks pick up from where he left off with then prime minister Ehud Olmert, a condition rejected by Netanyahu's government.
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